NASA James Webb Space Telescope recently faced an issue about its name. Various critics requested the giant space agency to change the name of its massive telescope. 

NASA James Webb Space Telescope Name Change Petition Rejected! Agency Says Evidence About Discrimination is Not Enough
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A full scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope sits on the National Mall outside the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum 10 May, 2007 in Washington, DC. The James Webb Space Telescope is a planned space infrared observatory, intended to be a significant improvement on the aging Hubble Space Telescope. It will be constructed and operated by NASA with help from ESA and CSA.

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Around 1,200 astronomers and astronomy experts and various scholars signed a petition to change the name of the gigantic space innovation. Most of the participants are researchers who also want to use the new technology for their upcoming studies. 

They claimed that James Webb, the former NASA administrator who became the basis of the giant space telescope's title, discriminates homosexual individuals from government jobs, especially when he was still active. 

The retired NASA expert is also believed to show his negative attitude towards LGBTQ members when he served in a high-level position in the U.S. State Department. 

NASA James Webb Space Telescope To Retain Its Name 

According to NPR's latest report, NASA rejected the recent petition, although there were already many complaints about Webb's government discrimination against lesbian and gay staff back in the 1950s or 1960s. 

NASA James Webb Space Telescope Name Change Petition Rejected! Agency Says Evidence About Discrimination is Not Enough

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Painters refurbish the NASA logo on the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in Florida on May 29, 2020. The faded 10-story-tall insignia was last painted 13 years ago. - The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon capsule is rescheduled to launch to the International Space Station on May 30, carrying astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.

"We have found no evidence at this time that warrants changing the name of the James Webb Space Telescope," said Bill Nelson, an active NASA administrator. 

As of the moment, many space fans are exciting about the new James Webb Space Telescope since it could help NASA make amazing discoveries. These include analyzing exoplanet atmospheres, observe distant stars, as well as to conduct galaxy researches. 

NASA James Webb Space Telescope is also expected to help various astronomers to find possible life outside Earth. On the other hand, NASA Landsat 9 launch already took place.  

Why is James Webb Space Telescope Important?

SciTech Daily reported that there are various reasons why the giant space telescope of NASA is a great technology. These include its capability to identify forming planetary systems. 

As of the moment, researchers are having a hard time discovering new planetary systems since these heavenly body formations usually take millions of years before they are completed. 

Right now, the solar system is the only known planetary system in the Milky Way Galaxy. Since there are other galaxies outside the Milky Way, it is also likely for unique planetary systems to exist. 

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